Five Star Trailer Park, Dark As The North Atlantic

Five Star Trailer Park, Dark As The North Atlantic

Five Star Trailer Park’s sophomore release, Dark As The North Atlantic, polishes up the rough edges of their debut and hones in on the bands pop arrangements. Some readers may cringe at the sound of that, but FSTP actually benefit from a bit of fine tuning. For example, “Set Fire to Me” still kicks into […]

fivestartrailerpark.jpgFive Star Trailer Park’s sophomore release, Dark As The North Atlantic, polishes up the rough edges of their debut and hones in on the bands pop arrangements. Some readers may cringe at the sound of that, but FSTP actually benefit from a bit of fine tuning.

For example, “Set Fire to Me” still kicks into high gear with a smoldering guitar riff, but reveals under its layers a quirky keyboard and organ lick that creep in and out of the mix. Other standouts include, the emotional roller-coaster “Two Shots Across My Bow,” the country-pop strut “Never Gonna Know” and the pure Canadiana “Peggy’s Cove.” My personal favourite is the poignant ballad “Where Were You?” Vocalist Nick Spence pulls off a career defining performance that dances on the edge of despair and hope revealing one of Canada’s unique voices.

Clocking in at only 30 minutes and eight songs, FSTP still manage to pack in some of the most emotional and enduring songs I’ve heard in a very long time. Bands like Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip have tapped into that musical energy of songs you grow old with; FSTP’s songs have that sense of spirit and you won’t be able to let go once you give them an honest listen. (Independent)